Reach Out and Read Florida
Reach Out and Read Florida
Reach Out and Read Florida has been serving children and families since 1996. Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Investing in Impact.

In Florida, Reach Out and Read partners with 212 medical program sites in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, alternative school settings, and federally qualified health centers. Reach Out and Read serves approximately 200,000 children and their families across 37 Florida counties.

Our evidence-based model is backed by a large and growing body of academic research.  We utilize the existing medical infrastructure to encourage supportive, educational conversations with parents on the importance of reading aloud and the impact on children’s brain development.

Reach Out and Read Florida has a two-generational impact—it builds children’s home libraries in low-income households, and most importantly, positively impacts parental behaviors affecting healthy language and literacy development for their child. Of importance, is the unparalleled access to families through the primary care provider implementing the Reach Out and Read Intervention.

our program
Reach Out and Read, Florida promotes early language development skills and health through established systems of well-child visits with an intervention that has the potential to reach all young children across the state
More than 200,000
children served annually
Program sites
books distributed annually
In Florida, more than 285,000 children under the age of 5 live in poverty. Childhood poverty is connected to poor health and educational outcomes, according to the US Census Bureau. We envision a world where all children grow up loving books and reading.
Get Involved

Reach Out and Read Florida is made up of dedicated and generous supporters and volunteers. We hope you will join us in making families reading aloud together a priority for the children of Florida—whether by donating to the organization, volunteering or by starting a site, your contribution makes a difference.

The Power of Partnerships

Reach Out and Read Florida serves thousands of children and families annually with the generous support of corporate, foundation, individual, and government partners.  We are grateful to every individual and entity that helps us fulfill our mission. At Reach Out and Read, we believe all families should have the tools and information they need to make reading aloud a daily routine. We help integrate reading into pediatric practices, advise families about the importance of reading, and share books that serve as a catalyst for healthy childhood development.

We want to hear from you!

The Reach Out and Read Florida leadership team assembles state and local stakeholders to implement the strategic plan connecting health and education. We provide technical support, training, and resources to all sites statewide to ensure the program is implemented to the fidelity of the national model. Florida’s Executive Director and Medical Director cultivate funding partnerships and advocate for early literacy in the healthcare setting.

Reach Out and Read Florida is operated by Family Learning Partnership. For further information, please contact Lisa Blair, Executive Director of Reach Out and Read Florida.

Lisa Blair, Executive Director of Reach Out and Read Florida

Contact Lisa Blair

Dr. Lourdes Forster, Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Florida

Contact Dr. Lourdes Forster